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The Senate already has Rules for impeachment trials

December 15, 2019  ·  James Wallner
If the House votes to impeach President Donald Trump next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., predicted that he and his colleagues would wait until after the… Read More

Resolution to modernize Congress introduced

December 14, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Members of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress produced a resolution to upgrade the chamber through improvements to human resources and development, legislative technology, and more. The text… Read More

There is more to dilatory motions than people think

December 12, 2019  ·  Casey Burgat
Wednesday’s first Judiciary Committee in the House’s impeachment inquiry highlights the various ways in which legislators use dilatory motions to slow the chamber’s decision-making process. At the… Read More

Members of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress introduce reform legislation

December 11, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Source: Legislation includes nearly 30 recommendations made unanimously by the Select Committee this year Washington, D.C. – Today the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Select Committee”) will… Read More

From citizens to data points: A word of caution for legislators

December 10, 2019  ·  Samantha McDonald and Melissa Mazmanian
Source: Currently, uses of technology in Congress are preventing citizens from meaningfully engaging with their policymakers. Technologies such as constituent databases provide helpful tools for collecting, storing, and… Read More

Restoring fiscal conflict

December 9, 2019  ·  James Wallner
Near the end of Ayn Rand’s dystopian novel, Atlas Shrugged, the discredited regime representing the United States Government announces the “John Galt Plan for Peace, Prosperity, and Profit” in a… Read More

How to make Congress work better for the American people

December 6, 2019  ·  Rep. Derek Kilmer and Rep. Tom Graves
Every few decades, Congress comes to the realization that it needs to fix itself. For the last 50 years, whether due to an imminent crisis or a slow deterioration, special… Read More

Today: Hearing on “Experts needed: Options for improved science and technology advice for Congress”

December 5, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Thomas Dolby, “She blinded me with science,” 1982. House of Representatives, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology 2318 Rayburn 10am: The LiveStream is at Witnesses: The… Read More

Today: Hearing on “Rules and Procedures in the U.S. House of Representatives: A Look at Reform Efforts and State Best Practices”

December 5, 2019  ·  Kevin Kosar
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019 – 2:00pmLocation: 210 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Witnesses: Mr. Christopher M. Davis Analyst on Congress and the Legislative Process, Congressional Research… Read More

Impeachment in the words of the Founders

December 4, 2019  ·  Casey Burgat
Junius Brutus Steams, Washington as Statesman at the Constitutional Convention, 1856. Source: The House’s rapid-moving impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine is about to enter yet… Read More